Organics (diversion of organics) - Have you ever considered the harm to the environment caused by organic waste in landfill?
Organic waste in landfill causes significant environmental harm and risk. When organic materials, such as food and garden waste, are disposed to landfill, they decompose and generate methane, a greenhouse gas with 20 times more potency than carbon dioxide. These decomposing organics create a carbon liability for council and its rate payers now and into the future. Yet it doesn't have to be this way.
Organic materials are a valuable resource. When composted, they can be used to improve soils which leads to healthier plants and gardens. While Council has a gas capture system in place for methane generated, at best, only half to two thirds of methane can be feasibly captured. Further, organics in landfill represents a lost resource.
Thinking about Council's landfill gas capture system and that organic materials emit methane when landfilled, should council continue to landfill all organic materials (i.e. food, garden organics, timber)?
Would you be interested in having a weekly/fortnightly garden and food organics household kerbside collection service? Read this preliminary business case for the introduction of kerbside organics.
This one page summary gives an overview on the five main drivers to divert organic waste from the landfill and the benefits.